For Once A GOP Politician Tells The Truth

Jack Kingston (R- Georgia) Image Credit: Huffington Post

Jack Kingston (R- Georgia) Image Credit: Huffington Post

Jack Kingston, a Republican Congressman from Georgia’s first district, may have accidentally told the truth, in a recent interview with the New York Times.

When talking about whether he believes that the President should seek approval from Congress before expanding a military campaign in Iraq and Syria, Kingston told the NYT:

“A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say, ‘Just bomb the place and tell us about it later.’  It’s an election year. A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party, and Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad, and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.”

Kingston just said, in a public statement, what most of us have known all along. Republicans don’t care one way or another what happens in the US, or other parts of the world for that matter. Whatever happens, they believe they can twist it to their own political advantage. Whatever the president does or does not decide, Republicans have a single-minded focus on how they can benefit politically, regardless of whether it “goes bad” or “goes well.”

The statement was made in regards to whether or not the United States should expand the use of military force in Iraq and Syria. One can only imagine the kind of human suffering that could arise as a result “if it goes bad.” What Kingston is basically saying is that “if it goes bad,” it will be good for his party, and that’s all he cares about.

The fact that Kingston says “Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now,”  is even more telling.

He’s clearly not just speaking for himself here. He’s openly sharing what he’s been hearing in meeting rooms, at fundraisers, strategy planning sessions and everywhere else Republicans gather.  It seems that he’s very used to talking like this among his fellow Republicans — so used to it, in fact, that he’s actually forgotten to try to hide the true nature of the many behind closed doors conversations, which he has undoubtedly had with other members of his party.

Congressional Republicans have more than earned the title of “Do Nothing Congress.” If there was any doubt before as to why that is, we can thank Congressman Kingston for clearing that up. The only way to fix Congress is to get out and vote, vote, vote this November. We need to send a message to the Republican Party. We need to show them that the “do nothing and blame Obama for everything” strategy that their party has employed for the past six years is not what we expect out of our elected representatives.

Here’s a video from The Young Turks that talks more about Kingston’s statements: